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Tennessee Blog

Education Bill Summary for the 2014 Legislative Session


Last Thursday, the legislature completed its business and Tennessee lawmakers closed the books on the 108th General Assembly. The legislative plaza proved to be a hotbed of highly charged issues this year – from wrangling over Medicaid expansion and teacher pay increases to allowing open carry of handguns without a permit. As in years past, a good deal of the spotlight was on issues related to education, including vouchers, the implementation of Common Core State Standards, and teacher licensure.

That's a Wrap! 2014 End of Session Review



The Tennessee General Assembly adjourned sine die last Thursday, leaving behind an assortment of bills that will become law upon signing by Gov. Haslam. Stand for Children was working the halls and offices of Legislative Plaza every day the legislature was in session.    


The Common Core Webinar Recap-

This week Stand for Children – Tennessee was super excited to host a state-wide webinar to get to the core of the Common Core State Standards! In total, 25 parents and teachers joined together to hear from three great experts who discussed and answered questions around the new standards.

All we do is win win win... for children! Stand makes the News!



  • 1600 petition signatures
  • 130 phone calls to County Commissioners from their constituents
  • 30 handwritten letters
  • 100 people in attendance over the span of 3 meetings and speakers at each
  • Winning a victory for our kids

= Priceless.

Our First Webinar!


Last week, Stand for Children Tennessee hosted its very first webinar focused at educating parents, teachers, and community members on hot topics in the education policy realm.  This month’s policy topic that was chosen was the Portfolio Strategy.  Not clear on what the Portfolio Strategy means for school districts? Never fear! We've got the answers for you.  

Changes in Licensing for Tennessee Teachers




On Friday, June 21st Kevin Huffman, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education (DOE), presented to the State Board of Education a measure aimed at dramatically improving the teaching force across the state.

Great Schools begin with Great Teachers

Last week, Stand for Children Leaders gathered together over 20 of their friends and colleagues at the Noah Liff Opera Center for an open conversation around teacher quality and how we can improve the teacher recruitment and selection process here in Nashville.

A Common Cause: Preparing our Students for their Future

Did you know that according to the 2011 ACT report only 15% of Tennessee students graduate academically prepared for college? That means less than 5 students out of a high school class of 30 leave that classroom ready for their future.